Friday, 10 September 2010
Friday is for Fairytales is a meme hosted by Irena (me) at This Miss loves to Read. Every Friday, you can choose a fairytale you love, or simply find interesting or haunting, and review it or simply say why you like it so much, or why it has captured your attention. Instead of a fairytale, you can choose a favourite fairytale character and describe him/her and tell us why you like them, or you can simply share an experience connected to a fairytale. Fairytales can be old and modern, written by a known author or anonymous, written down or passed on orally, short or in novel form (like re-writings of fairytales), international or typical for your country alone. In this case, present your country’s fairytale and we can all become acquainted with a new fairytale. So, make a post every Friday that is connected to the world of fairytales, be it a review, a character description or your own fairytale experience. Let’s celebrate fairytales and share our love for them.
My post today is about: Puss in Boots
I’ve been familiar with Puss in Boots since childhood, but I grew to really like the character, and the fairy-tale, after watching Shrek. The Puss in Boots from Shrek is really epic, funny and has a delightful Spanish accent. This Friday, I will briefly talk about Charles Perrault’s fairy-tale and modern version of this clever cat.
In Perrault’s fairy-tale, Puss helps a simple milliner’s son, who is his master, to become an important and wealthy person. With (quite) a bit of deception, Puss arranger’s for the milliner’s son to become known as the Marquis of Carabas, and in the end, the fake marquis gets to marry a princess, the king’s daughter. So, Puss is very inventive, clever and ambitious in the name of his master. And, he is no ordinary cat because he wears boots.
In Shrek 2, when Puss is introduced, this cat has a different role. Although based on Perrault’s Puss in Boots, he is an assassin, hired by King Harold to assassinate Shrek. But the attack goes awry and Puss ends up begging Shrek to spare him. Shrek does just that and eventually, they become friends. This Puss is definitely presented as a suave Latin lover and it’s not hard to imagine that since he’s voiced by Antonio Banderas. He is a great fighter, but he is famous for a special defence technique: he gives a cute, innocent, wide-eyed look that can melt any heart.
I have to say that I definitely prefer Puss in Shrek to Perrault’s Puss because he is very fun and funny to watch. What a cat!
Posted by Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read at 9/10/2010